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|Designers recycle rags into fashion for charity Vincent de Paul Society on April 29, 2010 in San Francisco. Photo: Associated Press, AP Images For FIJI Water This dress, made of knitwear MONCLER Down Jackets Womens Navy Blue Hooded Tunic Zip and discs cut from Fiji water bottles,. Give a fashion designer unlimited funds and access to the best fabric mills in Europe and you expect the best. Give a designer a pile of discarded garments, torn, stained, moth eaten or otherwise unwearable, and the unexpected happens. discard bin, they envisioned a trench coat with a sculpted collar and sleeves. They washed and bleached the fabric for suppleness, formed the collar and sleeves with a series of pleats and tucks, and crafted crisscross panels in the back. The entire coat was topstitched and lined with a discarded silk curtain. When this chic coat came down the runway at the fifth annual Discarded to Divine fundraiser and live auction at St. Mary s on April 29, a spirited bidding war ensued among the 400 or so attendees. Founded by in 2005, this year s event of "Project Runway" was the featured designer raised about $80,000 for the venerable agency that helps the poor and homeless. The trench went for $1,500 the highest bid of the night. "It s beautiful, wearable, and it s for a great cause," said new owner , clinical director of the in San Francisco. Even though Moncler Kids Sale the vast majority of the clothes were made in model thin sizes, leading many in the audience to sit on their hands instead of raise them to bid, every item sold. "This is such a great way to raise money . Working with a men s tweed coat and a thick wool Army jacket, Sario crafted a military style vest and ruffled skirt ($550); Colleen Quen refashioned khakis into a trench with safari pockets, a wide, contoured sash and embossed leather details ($475); and used upholstery fabric and a wedding dress to make an Edwardian inspired coat and tucked full skirt ($550). , a former chef recently turned designer, created a fitted black jacket with illusion Moncler Coats For Babies sleeves from discarded velvet, silk, tulle and wool, shown on the runway with a tea length vintage Chanel tulle skirt ($1,100 for both). Sario also designed a teal tweed halter dress with a hem of shiny paillettes made from Fiji Water plastic bottles ($450). The event was a San Francisco debut of sorts for Sario. This was lots of fun, he said, "but what I really, really want is to show my new spring collection here in San Francisco." Fashion lover , one of the evening s benefactors, brought in some high end designer clothes, getting donations from friend Ciina Feng, the Chanel rep at Neiman Marcus (her own vintage Chanel skirt); a couture little black dress with interlocking fabric in the front from the French label On Aura Tout Vu ($600), and two colorful patchwork inspired dresses by Australian designer ($825 for both). When last seen, Sario and San Francisco designer who heads a new fashion consortium and intends to put on fashion shows were tapping each other s contact info into their smart phones.